REED CITY — Reed City’s football program opened its preseason Monday after finishing the summer session. Teams could not have organized practices last week but could still have weight-lifting sessions.

The last one for Reed City was on Thursday. Senior lineman Seth Root said about a dozen players were participating in weight-lifting that particular day.

“It was kind of a slow week prior to (preseason) camp,” Root said. “It’s for 100 percent.”

He was referring to the incentive Reed City coaches give for complete participation in summer programs. The benefits are simple to explain: the more work one puts into it, Root noted, the more he’ll get out of it. The participation rate from the Reed City athletes was encouraging for someone like Root.

“We had a lot of people show up, a lot of young kids,” he said of summer football.

Reed City is coming off four straight Central State Activities Association title-winning seasons.

“I think we’ll be just fine,” Root, a two-way tackle in his second varsity season, said. “I’ll be a little stronger and a little faster.”

With the graduation of various players, others may find themselves moved around to fill various spots, Root indicated. Strengths of the team will be spread across the board with linemen and skill players, he said.

Making it five straight league titles will be a Reed City goal, not to mention getting further in the playoffs, Root said. The Coyotes won their first district title last season to advance to the third round.

“That was a big deal,” Root said.

He’s also in baseball, but the success in football the past several years has been extremely enjoyable, Root noted.

The season opens Aug. 28 at Baldwin.